The Rambling Writer Visits Thailand, part 5: Chinese New Year in Bangkok

Join Thor and me as we celebrate Chinese New Year in Bangkok, starting with traditional Thai dancers.

NOTE: “And now for something completely different.” Thor and I made our first trip to Asia — the beautiful country of Thailand.  We were lucky to squeak through the pandemic flight closures in January/February of 2020 as we returned from our three-week trip. Since more travel has now become a distant prospect, we hope you’ll take a virtual vacation with us in the following weeks. (This blog series started on June 13.)

In our semi-jet-lagged state, we were a bit slow to realize that all the red lanterns and other decorations at the hotel were honoring Chinese New Year.

After our first long day touring the wats, Thor gave me a birthday present of a couple’s Thai massage at the hotel spa, followed by dinner theater of Thai dancers presenting a traditional story. Hanuman the monkey god saved the day from evil demons. The masked figure reminded me of native dancers in my Pacific Northwest with wooden Raven masks acting out mischievous antics. Tricksters seem to be universal!

Here’s a YouTube video of some of the dancing, as well as a dragon who wound around the tables.

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The Rambling Writer Visits Thailand, part 5: Chinese New Year in Bangkok — 4 Comments

  1. What a trip that was! We had never been to Asia and everything was so different from our European and South American travels. The drums for the street performances were just deafening.

    • Yes, it was refreshing to have very little grounding or expectations for that trip — just pure experience. Strangers in a strange land, indeed!

  2. The little boy atop the totem has the fixed gaze straight ahead of the dancer spotting in a series of tight turns.

    I especially loved the red dragons gathering before the hotel. And the drums!

    • Yes, that little boy was amazing. All the red dragons and lion costumes were wonderful. So crazy that we couldn’t find the parade, but I’m not sure I could have lasted much longer that day. We packed a lot into two days!